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5 Things That Shocked British Tourists About Kyoto Shrines & Temples

Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple Other Sightseeing

Visited by many tourists, Kyoto shrines and temples are some of the city's biggest draws for international tourists. While Japanese locals are naturally familiar with Kyoto shrines and temples, how do overseas visitors view them? What do they think about the city of Kyoto and its locals? Today we interview travelers from Britain who share what shocked them when visiting the temples and shrines of Kyoto. (This interview reflects the personal opinions of the interviewees.)

First Class Backpackers Inn Awaji: Enjoy a beach BBQ at Awaji’s stylish campsite!

Awaji Island, Maiko Food Entertainment

How will you spend the holidays with family and friends in the coming season? One fun way that comes to mind is to enjoy a barbecue during your travel. While going to the mountains or riverside is of course fun, having a barbecue at the beach watching the gentle ocean waves is also exceptionally fine. Recently we heard about First Class Backpackers Inn Awaji, a stylish campsite on Awaji Island that has been the talk of the town because it is convenient even for a day trip from Osaka or Kobe, so we decided to check it out.

Top 3 Amanohashidate Hotels With Best Views of Japan's Famous Sightseeing Spot!

Amanohashidate Hotels

Amanohashinodate, on the Miyazu Bay in the northern section of Kyoto, is a thin beach about 20-170 meters wide that stretches out 3.6 kilometers. Its unique shape and the 8000 pine trees that line its surface make it one of the three great sights of Japan. Thus there are plenty of Amanohashidate hotels, with establishments that provide a view of the scenery from guest rooms and baths being particularly popular! In this article, we'll take a look at three places to stay we recommend.

The Suntory Yamazaki Distillery Tour: Completely Immerse Yourself in the World of Whisky

Fushimi, Uji Other Activities

A 58-year-old man living in Kyoto who has been drinking whisky for a quite a long time, I applied online for a tour of the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery. Located in the "holy land" of whisky in the Kansai region, it should be at the top of the list of any aficionado's bucket list. The following is a record of my experience from the start to the end of the tour. It was a thoroughly enjoyable tour and one I think everyone would also enjoy.

Sannomiya Station Guide: Here's How to Get Around the Maze of Kobe's Train Hub!

Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano Other Sightseeing

Sannomiya Station is your first point of call when traveling to Kobe! With access to various locations via five transportation methods, the JR Line, Hankyu Railway, Hanshin Electric Railway, Kobe Municipal Subway, and Port Liner (Port Island Line), this station is considered the hub of Kobe. It's great that you can move between stations without even going outside via the underground shopping route. However, Sannomiya Station can be complicated, and it can be easy to get lost if you are unfamiliar with the routes. So today, we would like to introduce Sannomiya Station and how to navigate it, including best transfer routes to other railways and how to get to tourist attractions with ease.

Choice Spots

  • Arashiyama, Uzumasa
  • Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano
  • Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple
  • Namba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi
  • Nara, Ikoma, Tenri
  • Shinsekai, Tennouji, Tsuruhashi
  • Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi
  • USJ, Nanko Port
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